Scott Redding remains on top in Jerez

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Scott Redding continued his fast form at the Jerez Moto2 test yesterday when he remained on top of the timesheets at the end of the second day.

The 18-year-old matched his best lap of 1.42.9 set on the opening day in a 74-lap run yesterday as he continued to assess the new Kalex chassis he will use on his Marc VDS Racing machine in 2012.

Redding had dominated the opening day on Wednesday to lead the field by 0.4s, but his advantage was cut yesterday with Pol Espargaro setting a 1.43.0 to claim second.
Redding told MCN: “It was another good day but I was stuck in 43.9s for most of the day.

“I kept making mistakes and pushing hard but I got in a lap time eventually. We’ve still got bit of work to be done just to get some more feeling with the bike, but it isn’t big things.”

Bradley Smith rode the new 2012 Tech 3 Mistral 610 machine exclusively yesterday and his unofficial time was a 1.44.0 in 58-laps.

He told MCN: “The new bike is definitely a good step. We tested a lot of front-end solutions and I think we found quite a good base area, so from that side I’m happy. At the moment we’re trying big things to try and understand everything but I am really happy with the way it is going.”

An electrical issue that necessitated an engine change restricted Gino Rea’s time on track to just 25-lap, but he still managed to set a best time of 1.43.9.

He told MCN: “I went quite fast in low temperatures in the morning, so I was happy with that. I feel really good on the Dunlop tyres and they are not really an issue for me. But the electrical problem meant we didn’t get as much time on track as I’d hoped.”

Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt